Jordan Peele is writing the script for cross-platform success in a media world in which film, TV, and streaming are converging.
Peele stepped into the spotlight in a major way with "Get Out," his 2017 directorial debut. The low-budget Blumhouse horror movie earned $272 million worldwide and won Peele an Oscar for best original screenplay. He was the first Black person to ever do so.
Since then, the writer-director-producer-actor has expanded in the movie-TV-streaming space.
In 2018, Peele and his production company, Monkeypaw Productions, signed a five-year, first-look TV deal with Amazon, where he produced the series “Hunters” starring Al Pacino.
And last year, he signed another first-look five-year deal, this time with Universal Pictures, which distributed “Get Out” and his hit horror follow-up, “Us.” He’s already set to write, direct, and produce two new movies for the studio.
Peele began his career in sketch comedy with “MADtv” and then “Key and Peele.” But he’s since broadened his reach and become one of the most sought-after talents in Hollywood by showing the breadth of his range and ambition.
While he still dabbles in front of the camera, such as hosting CBS All Access’ “Twilight Zone” reboot or lending his voice to “Toy Story 4,” his career arc has shown the possibilities for Hollywood talents to create expansive personal franchises in the streaming era.